Seizing Power, Keeping Power, and kicking up a fuss in early medieval England and France

Seizing Power, Keeping Power, and kicking up a fuss in early medieval England and France

Lecture by Ryan Lavelle

Given at the University of Winchester on November 27, 2019

Synopsis: The early middle ages on both sides of the Channel is full of episodes of rebellion and opposition by many parties with an axe to grind, whether disinherited members of ruling families, sidelined aristocrats, or disgruntled peasants. These could lead to states of conflict which the late tenth-century abbot Ælfric of Eynsham characterised as ‘very miserable and endless sorrow’; or could be short-lived episodes of sabre-rattling. In his inaugural lecture, Professor Ryan Lavelle draws from his forthcoming book, Places of Contested Power, to explore where, when and why acts of opposition could be so politically charged, as well as how successful rebels seem to have worked so hard at showing their legitimacy.

Ryan Lavelle, BA (Hons) MA PhD FRHistS, is a Professor at the University of Winchester. Click here to view his website.


His book Places of Contested Power: Conflict and Rebellion in England and France, 830-1150, will be published by Boydell and Brewer in 2020. Click here for more information.

Top Image: Statue of William the Conqueror at Falaise. Photo by Man vyi / Wikimedia Commons


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